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facade Syllabification: fa·cade
Pronunciation: /fəˈsäd/
(also façade)

Definition of facade in English:


1The face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.
Example sentences
  • There will also be a substantial increase in office space and the front facade of the building is to undergo a total makeover.
  • The building facades facing the courtyard were to be cleaned and restored; a new glazed roof would cover the courtyard.
  • The neighborhoods built during colonial times have narrow streets with continuous building facades that converge on central plazas.
front, frontage, face, elevation, exterior, outside
1.1An outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality: her flawless public facade masked private despair
More example sentences
  • Once you realise the closeness of the overlap between the two organisations, the facade appears paper thin.
  • The myriad fences and neo-Georgian facades make the university appear to be the ultimate asylum from violence of all types.
  • It's the Tokyo Dome, in the capital of a country known for its public facade of reserve and gentility.
show, front, appearance, pretense, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer


Mid 17th century: from French façade, from face 'face', on the pattern of Italian facciata.

Words that rhyme with facade

Assad, aubade, avant-garde, backyard, ballade, bard, Bernard, bombard, canard, card, charade, chard, couvade, croustade, Cunard, glissade, guard, hard, ill-starred, interlard, lard, Montagnard, nard, pard, petard, pomade, promenade, regard, rodomontade, roulade, saccade, Sade, salade, sard, shard, unmarred, unscarred, yard
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